Robert Earl Burton founded The Fellowship of Friends in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1970. Burton modeled his own group after that of Alex Horn, loosely borrowing from the Fourth Way teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky. In recent years, the Fellowship has cast its net more broadly, embracing any spiritual tradition that includes (or can be interpreted to include) the notion of "presence."

The Fellowship of Friends exhibits the hallmarks of a "doomsday religious cult," wherein Burton exercises absolute authority, and demands loyalty and obedience. He warns that his is the only path to consciousness and eternal life. Invoking his gift of prophecy, he has over the years prepared his flock for great calamities (e.g. a depression in 1984, the fall of California in 1998, nuclear holocaust in 2006, and most recently the October 2018 "Fall of California Redux.")

According to Burton, Armageddon still looms in our future and when it finally arrives, non-believers shall perish while, through the direct intervention and guidance from 44 angels (recently expanded to 81 angels, including himself and his divine father, Leonardo da Vinci), Burton and his followers shall be spared, founding a new and more perfect civilization. Read more about the blog.

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Monday, August 26, 1985

You must work against "feminine dominance"!

[ed. - See also, "On Robert Burton's hatred of women"]

Tim Campion posted the following on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog:
Here is the "friendly" reminder I received from the Fellowship of Friends Secretary, dated August 26, 1985:
Dear Timothy,

Trying to salvage your marriage is taking priority over remaining in the School. I feel a leave of absence would only serve to strengthen the attempt by the instinctive center and the feature of feminine dominance to strip the School from your grasp. Therefore, you will need to work with the requirement of not falling more than 14 weeks behind with donations; should you become further behind with donations, you would be required to make a re-entry donation [ed. - At the time $1,500] before returning.

If you would like to try to work out some schedule of donations to allow you to catch up over time, I am sure we can work together on it. As Marcus Aurelius said, "In everything, look to the end." The end is clear here.

I hope to hear from you soon.



"Laughing Love" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, August 10, 2007:

Hello All.

Feminine dominance.

The term is so insulting.

Please, anyone, remind me of what this precisely means.

Camille Paglia wrote a book called “Sexual Personae” which describes, through a historical analysis, the theory that, indeed, females are the dominant sex, although they seem otherwise.

In one section of that book, she describes the Greek’s homosexuality and the deification of the “beautiful boy”. (There were no morals relative to homosexuality and it was an intrinsic part of the culture.)

Nevertheless, she theorizes that this arose out of fear and rejection of female power, which is unrecognizable as power in a male dominated culture.

Relative to this is the current trend in fashion (which is dominated by gay males) who prefer a thin, almost male females (small breasts, no body fat).

I recommend her book. It is very detailed and quite long, but very enlightened.

I remember hearing the term “feminine dominance” and, since it was not described in my prospective student meetings, was completely confused.

I’ll theorize that “feminine dominance” acknowledges that female power exists and rejects it outright, or, at best, attempts to avoid that evil with every ounce of one’s soul.



"Veronicapoe" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, August 10, 2007:
[Responding to the post above ] 77/Laughing Love

On the origin of “Feminine Dominance” as applied in the Fellowship of Friends.

Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 42:171-189 (1994)

Veronicapoe’s editorial comments, which are speculative and which are not part of the original abstract, appear in brackets:

The Role of Mother-Son Incest in the Pathogenesis of Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Glen O. Gabbard, M.D. and Stuart W. Twemlow, M.D.


Psychoanalytic case material is presented to illustrate how mother-son incest may be involved in the pathogenesis of a particular subtype of narcissistic personality disorder. Male patients with this disorder have a grandiose view of themselves ["I am the avatar of the age"] as entitled to occupy a special position with others, combined with a paranoid tendency to anticipate imminent betrayal. The enormous guilt related to perceived oedipal transgressions leads these patients to fear retaliation from an enraged, vindictive, and castrating father ["C influence is going to expunge humanity] at any moment. In addition, these men often feel that their special role vis-à-vis mother is a precarious one contingent on doing her bidding. [i.e., "being under feminine dominance."] Hence, they also live in dread of an impending disaster involving either abandonment or humiliation by their mothers. [Ergo, why "feminine dominance" must be "overcome" in order to "evolve."]

Thursday, August 15, 1985

Lewis Carroll School founded

[ed. - Exact date of 1985 founding is unknown. This date was arbitrarily chosen.]

The board, officers and membership appears comprised entirely of  Fellowship members.

Well after the founding of the Yuba Environmental Sciences Charter Academy, this school officially ceased operations June 30, 2011. As of 2013, the Lewis Carroll School Association continues to operate with three offices, and its purpose appears to oversee receipt of rents from YESCA ($50,000 - 70,000 annually) and payment of the mortgage on the association-owned YESCA building.